2016: How Geoengineering Became The Mother-Ship Of All Conspiracies

It had been happening in many talk circles. Yes, fewer and fewer people were willing or wanting to talk about geoengineering and chemtrails spraying, all the while the massive daily spraying continued evolving into what would become a catastrophic drought throughout the United States which had started on the west coast. With farmers struggling to keep their crops going, slowly the mega-sized criminal corporations like Monsanto waited in the wings to rescue the farmers with their GMO seeds. These were the same ones they had patented years prior. A critical piece of information that many activists raised to authority figures only to be ignored and ridiculed. The official takeover of all land and resources had been well underway. It happened under everyone’s very noses as the dangerous spraying programs continued nationwide and globally. And as a strange contingent of bloggers, commentators and fringe individuals who had earned positions in […] Read More

Imagine a World Where Borders Are Based on Nature and Culture, Not Politics and War

Guided by watersheds, mountains and local knowledge, bioregionalism is a logical way to create boundaries.> There’s little natural about the boundaries that divide states and countries. They’re often imaginary lines that result from history, conflict, or negotiation. But imagine what the world would look like if borders were set according to ecological and cultural boundaries. Bioregionalism says that’s the only logical way to divide up territory: Let watersheds, mountain ranges, microclimates, and the local knowledge and economies that exist in them guide the way we set boundaries. That way, life within those boundaries is tied together not by arbitrary decisions but by common interests. For instance, in the United States, there are many cases where ecologically and economically distinct areas are encompassed in one state, which makes for political difficulty. Oftentimes, no matter who wins in elections or policy, someone is left out or disenfranchised. Governing ourselves in smaller, […] Read More

2015:The Ugly Truth Behind Chris Christie’s Sweetheart Deal with Exxon

There are three possible explanations—none of them good for the people of New Jersey. By David Sirota / AlterNet Last week, Republican Gov. Chris Christie‘s administration settled New Jersey’s long-standing environmental lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for pennies on the dollar. For a decade, the state had been seeking $8.9 billion in damages for pollution at two refineries in the northern part of the state, and yet Christie’s top officials abruptly proposed closing the case for just $225 million. In the aftermath, as environmentalists express outrage and legislators move to block the settlement, the question on many observers’ minds has been simple: Why did Christie settle? One possible answer is just as simple: money — more specifically, campaign cash. According to federal records, Exxon Mobil has donated more than $1.9 million to the Republican Governors Association since Christie’s first run for governor in 2009. That includes $279,000 during Christie’s […] Read More

2015: The Most Brazen Rip-Off Ever? How the Beverage Industry Brainwashed You to Fear Tap Water

By Cliff Weathers / AlterNet Tap water is superior to bottled water. Why don’t consumers know that? The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March. Read the introduction to the series. The biggest con job perpetrated on the consumer is not some shady operation selling bogus cures through TV infomercials. America’s biggest snake-oil salesman is actually the beverage industry, or Big Bev, which resells the simplest and most vital product for thousands of times its value. That product is drinking water. Multinationals like PepsiCo, the Coca-Cola Company and Nestle rake in a combined $110 billion a year selling bottled water worldwide. In the U.S. alone, more than half the population drinks bottled water, which accounts for about 30% of liquid refreshment sales, far exceeding the sales of milk and beer (only soft drinks sell more). But the expensive water the beverage industry […] Read More

2015: Geoengineering is Changing Extratropical Cyclones and the Earth’s Weather

by KELLEY BERGMAN Intense geoengineering activity across the planet is influencing weather patterns globally to unprecedented levels. After studying one year of video on aerosols emission and transport, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has found aerosol pollution is changing weather and climate around the planet and strengthening extratropical cyclones–a type of storm system that drives much of the world’s weather. This video above shows aerosol emission and transport from September 1, 2006, to April 10, 2007. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Scientists call airborne particles of any sort — human-produced or natural — aerosols. However, human-produced aerosols are now a top contributing source of pollution and a major concern, especially due to operations by international governments through military aircraft which pollute the sky almost daily to influence climate. The simplest effect of increasing aerosols is to increase clouds. To form clouds, airborne water vapor needs particles on which to […] Read More

How a GOP Rep Is Delaying Safety Improvements for “Bomb Trains”

California Rep Jeff Denham slows the review of deadly cargo to a halt. “I just want to make sure that we are all singing the same tune that we have a very safe industry and we want to work together on improving that industry.” Those were the words of Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials on February 3rd at a hearing titled “How the Changing Energy Markets Will Affect U.S. Transportation.” He was directing this advice to Greg Saxton, chief engineer for rail tank car manufacturer Greenbrier. Denham obviously had a bone to pick with Saxton because prior to the hearing the Modesto Bee, a newspaper in Denham’s home district, ran an editorial making a strong case that the existing tank cars used to transport crude oil are unsafe. The editorial, “Delays on safer rail cars are unacceptable,” didn’t mince words. It was clear […] Read More

2015: 5 Horrific Ways People Mistreat Animals

The Humane Society wants to put an end to these cruel and barbaric practices. Consider these recent, gruesome headlines: In rural Alabama, police serving drug charges on Jerome Hughes found 65 emaciated dogs being used in “hog­-dog” fighting rings—a blood “sport” in which starving dogs are given a terrified, trapped hog to chase and tear apart for the entertainment of onlookers who place bets. In Western Nebraska, the New York Times uncovered grisly experiments being conducted on farm animals by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Meat Animal Research Center, most involving trying to make livestock animals produce unnaturally large litters or grow more rapidly so that factory farms can send them off to slaughter sooner. In Tuttle, Oklahoma and Natural Bridge, Virginia, investigations by the Humane Society of the United States uncovered severe cruelty toward baby tigers bred for photo shoots with paying customers, including video evidence of a […] Read More

2014: How Tesla and New Car Technologies Could Send Auto Dealers the Way of the Dodo Bird

When auto dealer lobbies cry foul, they are sure to be coddled by state lawmakers. Consumers hate the new-car buying experience. They hate the haggling and the cheesy sales tactics, and they hate leaving feeling ripped off, even if they drove off with a good deal. Car salespeople are the least trusted professionals in the nation, even beating out members of Congress for the dubious title. But for 80 years, that’s been the only game in town. If you’ve ever bought a new car, you’ve had to do it at a car dealer and on its terms. Unless you recently bought a Tesla, that is. The direct-sales model Tesla uses threatens the very existence of car dealers. The electric-car company markets its cars through stores called galleries and over the Internet. There are no dickering, bait-and-switch or trade-ins, and no salespeople if you don’t want them. All prices are […] Read More

2014: Canadian Tycoon’s Opulent Bahamas Estate Poses Grave Environmental Risks

Watchdog groups are taking mogul Peter Nygård to court for illegally expanding his enormous oceanfront resort. Canadian womenswear mogul Peter Nygård never seems to be more than an arm’s length away from controversy. According to a 2010 Forbes article, Nygård has been accused of abusive labor practices, tax evasion, sexual harassment, and rape. Punching back hard, he has sued his accusers and intimidated his critics with a small army of lawyers. “No one has ever disobeyed my orders and gotten away with it!” he once raged, according to the testimony of a former business partner. Environmentalists say those who obey his orders include government officials in the Bahamas, where Nygård has been building a massive estate since the mid ’80s. Forbes described his resort as “a 150,000-square-foot Mayan-style resort featuring 12 themed cabanas, volcanic smoking temples, a helipad, disco, casino and a human aquarium (with sharks on one side of the glass)” where he […] Read More